Lancaster Spinners & Weavers Guild

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Demonstration Opportunity

Posted by on July 6, 2017 at 10:20 PM

Sunday, July 16, at 2 pm at Beidler House in Berks County

the Guild has been asked to demonstrate all aspects of fiber arts at the Beidler House at 1130 Old River Rd., Gibraltar PA (southeast of Reading - about 45 minutes from Lancaster).


Their website is:


The AIR-CONDITIONED house has several rooms, and we envision having a few people in each room, demonstrating a different fiber arts/process. "The house has lots of room. It is a side hall entry, late Georgian early Federal design. There are two parlors, wide hallway and a kitchen on the first floor. Upstairs are three bedrooms and a wide hall. In a fourth, small bedroom, we have a working floor loom, we call it a “barn loom.” It is set-up, and your members can work at it if they want to. The house is air conditioned."


The program is one hour, and people will walk through the house to see the process from wool/cotton to finished product.


The list below is a start - if you would like to demonstrate something else, please let me know.


• Wool processing - flick carding, hand carding

• Spinning

• Plying

• Weaving

• Tape loom

• Knitting/Crocheting

• anything else you can think of

They do ask that we wear Colonial clothes (the house was built in 1783), but they have many different outfits in different sizes that we can use.


Please let me know by Monday July 10th if you can help. I'll need the following information from you:

• what you're demonstrating

• if you need Colonial clothing - size needed

Thank you! The programs at the Beidler House have generated a lot of interest, so I'm sure we'll see a lot of traffic, and we'll be able to educate a lot of people!




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